IN DEEP WATER – Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback

Italiano (Italian)

Gallery 212
Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma CA 95476, USA

Phone: (707) 938-4626 –
Until 23th February, 2022
In Deep Water was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

The Sonoma Community Center presents a collaborative installation by papermaker Jane Ingram Allen and printmaker Jami Taback titled IN DEEP WATER

“In Deep Water” is a collaborative art project focused on water and our current environmental crisis. Two Northern California artists, one a papermaker (Jane Ingram Allen) and one a printmaker (Jami Taback), have worked together since August 2021 to create this collaborative mixed-media installation art project focused on our current climate change crisis and water, the most essential requirement for life. In some parts of the world, like here in California, we now have almost no water, devastating drought and drying lakes and reservoirs as well as horrific wildfires burning millions of acres with smoke and ash affecting much of the West and elsewhere.  While in other parts of the world such as on the East Coast, in the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans, there is catastrophic flooding with water covering homes, roads and farm lands, along with hurricanes, tornados, raging rivers and rising oceans around the world. This collaborative art project raises the alarm about these environmental issues and a world in crisis. At the same time, it projects hope for the future, using sustainable methods and materials along with seeds that have the potential to produce new life. The artwork shows the terrible beauty and dichotomy of water and fires as they both become out of control and raging, while parts of this work reflect how water at other times is calm and refreshing, and fire is warm and mesmerizing. Our current environmental crisis continues, and we are “in deep water”, but still the seasons change, seeds sprout and life flows on with water as a critical element.

The collaborative artwork produced for this project makes use of printmaking and hand papermaking to create a multi-part modular large-scale art installation to focus attention on these immense and pressing problems all over the world. The artwork is primarily in a color scheme referencing water with many shades of blue and accents of red-orange representing fire and black and gray referring to smoke and ash. The artwork makes use of each artists’ area of expertise and takes advantage of unexpected happenings in this artistic dialogue.